PBPost: Sabal Trail, Florida SE Connection are now piping fuel to FPL’s Martin County plant

“Florida Southeast Connection, NextEra Energy’s 126-mile natural gas pipeline, began operations Wednesday morning. It is the 126-mile southernmost portion of a 685-mile pipeline that originates in Alabama. That tail end will go through Osceola, Polk, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Martin counties and end at FPL’s Martin County plant near Indiantown … Click here to read more

St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant has sucked in over 4100 sea turtles in past decade

From Mic.com: “Over the past decade, over 4,100 sea turtles — averaging to more than a turtle a day — have been sucked into the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island, resulting in injuries and even deaths … Click here to read more

FPL seeks to charge customers $22 million more for nuclear reactors

The Palm Beach Post reports that “Florida Power & Light Co.’s quest to receive a federal license to build two new nuclear reactors at its Turkey Point Power Plant has experienced yet another delay, but the company wants to charge another $22 million in pre-licensing costs to customers in 2017 — a decade before the the reactors could be built … Click here to read more

UPI: Scuba diver sues after getting sucked into St Lucie nuclear power plant

“A scuba diver in Florida is suing Florida Power & Light after he was sucked into a quarter-mile-long pipe that took him inside the St. Lucie nuclear power plant. ‘I swam right up to this big structure and it looks like a building underwater. I felt a little bit of current. All of a sudden it got a little quicker and I said, ‘this ain’t right, this ain’t right,'”… … Click here to read more

Campaign in full swing to secure Solar Choice Amendment’s place on Florida’s 2016 ballot

Florida’s Supreme Court ruled today that the language proposed by the Floridians for Solar Choice ballot initiative is unambiguous and single-subject, clearing the legal hurdle for the amendment to be placed on the 2016 election ballot if all 683,149 required signatures are collected and verified before February 1, 2016. The ballot proposal – designed to expand solar choice by removing barriers that limit solar ownership models … Click here to read more

Alphabet soup: BCC on AAF, CRA, CPA, NAC, FPL

From Ginny Sherlock, renowned local attorney, civic activist, and former Associated Press editor: “Tuesday’s Martin County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) meeting features agenda items on All Aboard Florida (AAF), Florida Power and Light (FPL), Neighborhood Advisory Committee (NAC) appointments, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) real estate transactions and three Comprehensive Plan Amendments (CPA).Two interesting presentations are also on tap, including a slick slide show … Click here to read more

Largest industrial development ever undertaken in Martin County now ‘shovel-ready’ in Indiantown

“Florida Commerce Park in Indiantown represents one of the largest non-residential land developments in recent South Florida history, and with up to 1.3 million buildable square feet is by far the largest industrial development ever undertaken in Martin County,” according to a Florida Commerce Park press release. “Approval comes at an opportune time for trade and industry in South Florida as the Panama Canal expansion … Click here to read more

Palm Beach Post: Customers should not pay costs of FPL’s nuclear plant expansion

In a Palm Beach Post commentary, Stephen A. Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, begins: “A misguided state law that allows large utilities to charge consumers for new nuclear reactors before delivering any power is making things more difficult for Floridians trying to recover from the worst recession in recent memory. The ‘early cost recovery’ law, passed in 2006, allows companies such as Florida Power & Light to bill customers for certain costs before new reactors are built, effectively shifting the financial risk of construction.” … Click here to read more

St. Lucie nuclear power plant warning sirens test Wednesday morning within 10-mile zone

The outdoor warning sirens for the St. Lucie nuclear power plant will be tested between the hours of 10AM to noon on Wednesday, June 13, within the Emergency Planning Zone. … Click here to read more

Florida’s largest solar-energy plant (in Martin County) fails to meet potential, cites toxic accident

An Orlando Sentinel review of production data on file with state regulators reveals that, during its first year of operation, the Florida Power & Light (FP&L) Company solar plant in Martin County has not come close to producing enough electricity to meet the demand of 11,000 homes – the output that FPL continues to claim for its one-of-a-kind facility. The Sentinel also details a June accident that threatened Lake Okeechobee’s fish and aquatic organisms: crews worked around the clock through June and maintained extended shifts in July to remove 94,200 gallons of contaminated water and 27,253 tons of soil, asphalt, gravel and vegetation. … Click here to read more

Massive fish kill at Hutchinson Island nuclear plant prompts concerns and new protocol

The Palm Beach Post reports that a massive fish kill at a Florida Power & Light Co. nuclear power plant — including tons of protected goliath grouper initially reported as an “unknown” amount of “unidentified” fish — has prompted Florida wildlife officials to create a protocol for gathering information about fish kills at power plants. … Click here to read more